Bad night at scouts
Carey Probst (HCProbst@AOL.COM)
Tue, 13 Dec 1994 16:44:32 -0500
Scouting is a BOY lead organization, and as such, you did
the right thing in letting them hold the elections.
However, you and the PLC should have set some standards
for holding the key positions such as SPL. Regular attendance
at meetings is not an unreasonable requirement to hold that
Other than guidelines, you have to let the boys run the show.
Maybe we have just been lucky, but I can honestly say that
elections at Troop 16 have rarely if ever been popularity
contests. I have always been amazed at how the boys can
pick good leaders rather than those who are popular.
The only problem we have had is when the person who replaced
me as SM 'counted' the patrol leader ballots and amazingly,
his son won, even though I found out later that no one else in
the patrol had voted for him.
As for your ASM, it is not his or the committee's job to do the
annual planning meeting. That, as all other aspects of Scouting,
should be boy lead. Troop 16 has usually held a leaders trip
to do the planning. By leaders, I mean the SPL, ASPL, PLs, etc.
After the trip, the plans are submitted to the committee for approval.
This should not be a problem, as the SM, ASMs, and some
committee members are usually on the trip to serve as advisors
and resources. The key is to get the boys to do the planning while
working with the adult leadership.
As for your problem ASM, if no planning is done at their getaway,
you are no worse off than you are now. If they come up with
something useful, present it to the boys and see if they are
interested. The MOST IMPORTANT thing is that the plans be
something the boys want to do. If all the plans are kicks for the
ASM and adults, but not the boys, you'll lose them.
Where is your committee while this is going on? They should be
supporting you as SM and not allowing this to happen. The
reason for this is to support and help the boys. Keep that in
mind before quitting because on problems from 1 leader.
Best of luck.
Carey Probst, HCProbst@aol.com
Adv. Chairman, Troop 16, Twin Rivers Council
Scoutmaster (Retired) Troop 16
Past Dist. Advancement Chairman, Saratoga District
Beaver, NE-II-53, Elk LIck Reservation, 1988
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